Friday, January 24, 2014

Welcome back to KIFI, Mr. Mukendoyi Mutelo

Mr. M. Mutelo returned to KIFI on Monday, 13 January 2013. He completed his M.Sc in Integrated Water Recourse Management at the University of Zimbabwe in Harare. He can be seen here assisting the field attachment students from Unam and Polytech with identifying fish collected in one of the floodplains close to KIFI during a floodplain survey as part of their programme at KIFI.

We welcome you back and hope you enjoy your stay in our deep rural setting...!!!

Induced Breeding Season for Catfish Start at KIFI: 15 January 2014

Mr. Mwanamwali from  KIFI explaining induced breeding of catfish to field attachment students from Unam and Polytech.
The induced breeding of catfish has started at KIFI for the production of catfish fingerlings. Wednesday afternoon, 15 January 2014 staffmembers from KIFI and field attachment students from Unam and Polytech started the process by injecting the male and female catfish with Ovaprim hormone in order to prepare them for the stripping and fertilization of egss the next morning.
Picture 1: Mr. Mikchael Kangausary  (Unam student) injecting a female catfish with Ovaprim hormone. Picture 2: Eggs stripped from the female catfish. Picture 3: Male gonads removed from male catfish. Picture 4: Catfish eggs fertilized with male sperm using a feather to mix.

Mr Van Trieu Duc distributing the eggs in the special made incubators at KIFI shortly after fertilization.

Newly hatched catfish fry in the incubators at KIFI

Friday, January 17, 2014

Amazing African Tigerfish behaviour captured by young Namibian Fisheries Scientist

Tigerfish capturing a swallow in full flight

Video available at:

Young Namibian fisheries scientist Francois Jacobs originally from Otjiwarongo currently busy with his post graduate studies at North-West University in Potchefstroom, South Africa  captured the attention  of  the world with  a video clearly showing a swallow in full flight being captured by a Tigerfish.

This bizarre behavior of the African tigerfish was speculated  for decades, but had never been confirmed. It took extreme dedication and patience by Francois and his fellow researchers to capture the video. They reported  about 20 successful attacks on swallows by tigerfish every day they spent on the lake located in Mapungubwe National Park, South Africa.

Job well done...!!! 
Congratulations from the Directorate of Aquaculture and Inland Fisheries, Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Namibia 

Read more about this amazing observation at: